Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki’s Jacob Hayes Wins in Fresno to Tie the Race to the Championship
April 7, 2015
Irvine, Calif. (April 29, 2015) – For the second consecutive week Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki finished 1-2 at Amsoil Arenacross as Jacob Hayes used consistency to take the overall win with Matt Goerke in second. Goerke grabbed the holeshot and ran away with the first main event with Hayes in second, but a first turn pile-up in the second main event forced Goerke to fight back to seventh while Hayes finished runner-up. With a 2-2 score, Hayes took the overall win and is now tied in points with one race remaining in the Race to the Championship. Chris Blose was forced to fight forward in both main events to finish 4-7 for sixth overall.
Team Babbitt’s kicked of the night with Blose setting the fastest qualifying time in practice only to crash in his heat race and allow Goerke to take the win. Goerke carried that momentum into the first main event where he grabbed the holeshot on his KX™250F and led wire to wire with Hayes in second and Blose just off the podium in fourth.
Following his win, Goerke selected the briefcase indicating zero riders would be inverted on the gate for the second main event. Goerke looked to have another holeshot until a rider ran into the back of him, taking him down along with Blose. Hayes emerged in second place and fought for position all the way to the checkered flag to take the overall followed by Goerke with a 1-7 finish and Blose in sixth overall.
“Tonight was reminiscent of last weekend,” said Hayes. “I didn’t feel great in practice, but I rode a solid heat race and tried to pick it up in the main events. I rode a smart first main and Goerke was riding awesome so I finished behind him. In the second main I rode really tight. I battled back and forth for second the whole time and was stoked to get the overall. We’re tied going into next weekend in Las Vegas and it’s going to be brawl. I’m excited.”
The Amsoil Arenacross Race to the Championship now heads to the final round in Las Vegas this Saturday where Hayes is tied for the championship lead. Goerke sits only seven points back in third place and Blose another nine points behind him in fourth. With all three riders in contention, Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki sits in position to win their sixth-consecutive Arenacross championship.
Amsoil Arenacross Race to the Championship
Save Mart Center – Fresco, California
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Arenacross Class Overall
1. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (2-2)
2. Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki (1-7)
3. Ryan Breece, Athol, Idaho, Yamaha (5-3)
4. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (6-4)
5. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna (11-1)
6. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki (4-8)
7. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna (3-10)
8. Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM (9-5)
9. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (7-11)
10. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha (8-13)
Arenacross Class Race to the Championship Standings
1. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki - 140
2. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna - 140
3. Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki - 133
4. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki - 124
5. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna - 124
6. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki - 123
7. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM - 109
8. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha - 97
9. Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM - 89
10. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM - 78